Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Break in the Battle

[This is part of a longer work.] The Pan-Pacific Auditorium was the first West Coast venue Elvis Presley ever played. In 1988 it was well past its prime. It stood as a silent sentinel over the Pan-Pacific Park. The structure … Continue reading

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Technicolor Nightmare (revised)

The backhoe sank it’s teeth into an earthen bank, scooted forward, and set first one and then another foot firm on the ground like some ponderous mechanical apatosaurus situating herself to graze. With a skilled operator at the controls, this … Continue reading

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Catching the Bull at 4 (AM)

This morning I saw Jupiter in Taurus.  I say that like it’s unusual, but its been there for a while.  I became cognizant of their proximity because I was using my smart phone star map app.  (Which I love.) I … Continue reading

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Reflections on a babbling brook

I have written several pieces–mostly poems–inspired by my maternal grandfather.  One of the most rewarding experiences of my life came several months before he passed away.  I had the privilege to read him three of those.  This was among them.  … Continue reading

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“Sail Ye Winds, Heigh Ho …”

In March of 1968, returning from his first tour in Vietnam, my father moved our family to the Hampton Roads, Virginia. (There is a certain insanity in the Pentagon referring to an assignment in a combat zone as a “tour”. … Continue reading

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Set in Stone

The cement masons were out in force, today. It was the second big pour in as many weeks. The first time, in the vernacular, they were “running up our ass.” It forced us to redouble our efforts to stay ahead … Continue reading

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“Ad Astra Per Aspera.”

Leon, my three-year-old Husky mix, woke me at 4 AM. “Lie down,” I told him, “I have fifteen more minutes.” He gave me forty-five. I still rose before the alarm. And the sun. We went to the front yard, as … Continue reading

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